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Monday’s Zenfit Warrior Bootcamp

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Hey Zenfitters’ :

Hope you are all having an amazing March Break!

Just a reminder that due to the holiday the Cartwright Central Public School is unavailable for our Monday Group Training bootcamp. We will be using the Blackstock Recreation Centre for this session. Follow the link for details, time and location.

To your health and wellness!
Bart Wagar

Walking Toward Fitness

Every journey begins with a first step, walking is a healthy first step toward your fitness goals.

Walking is probably the best and most overlooked fitness movement we can do for ourselves.In modern society walking has become a “last resort” as a mode of transportation. We drive, cab it, take the bus, and ride a bike all in hopes of storing up those elusive minutes of free time, so walking has lost its top of mind status in our high tech way of life. Walking is “free” so it’s difficult for companys and MLM’s to market and make money from it, so walking and its benefits get little high level exposure. The truth of the matter is we need to slow down and take ownership of our health and wellness needs and walking is a great foundation.

Have you ever heard the phrase move it or lose it? All it takes to get started is 30 minutes in oxygen each day. When walking focus on breath, core integration and glute engagement. If you are unsure if your glutes are engaging simply reach back and grab them, you should feel them engage and release through each step. Walk at a pace that will get your heart rate into a range that is 55-75% of your aerobic capacity. If you can walk and carry a conversation but feel like you are slightly outside your comfort zone then you are there. Even a leisurely stroll will begin to build a healthy sustainable mindset. Walking is a great form of stress relief, amazing for joint mobility, and great for fat loss when combined with healthy food choices.

Walking is an extremely progressive form of movement. As your fitness increases it is easy to add challenges like the ones in our Primal Walking Program inspired by Mark Sisson. Progress from flat surfaces to hills, then to trails, change the tempo; even add bodyweight movements such as lunges, push-ups or side planks. Do a series of farmers walks, carry a knapsack or use a weighted vest, even take portable fitness equipment like a TRX and turn your walk into a full on training session. You can add performance breathing techniques designed to sharpen your focus and deepen your concentration, all great progressions to enhance your life and longevity all thanks to taking a step.

We have lost or forgotten some of our walking skills in modern times. Due to the use of bulky athletic shoes designed for heel contact we have lost our natural gait, in the process we suffer increased joint and foot pain. I became a big fan of barefoot walking after a bout of Plantar Fasciitis. At first I went through the normal channels, the doctor, the specialist, sports therapist, and orthotics all with no relief. I came across an article on the Tarahumara. They use the toe strike method of running, which is natural for barefoot runners. In this article it talked about their low incidence of foot ailments, so being in a great deal of pain I said “what do I have to lose”. I started a barefoot walking program and within 3 weeks my symptoms had disappeared. Today I use New Balance minimus trail shoes as they add some protection from the elements and still have the benefits of barefoot walking.

 Walking is truly an activity that connects Body Mind and Soul. Walking is an amazing meditative activity. “Mindfulness”, when walking is a great way to stay in the moment and dissolve that dreaded past and future cycle which forces us out of the present. By focusing on our breath and each and every step we take we get closer to our inner being and true purpose. When it comes to fitness health and wellness, make small consistant, long term changes that are sustainable, and enjoy the journey.

By Bart Wagar.

“If a fine sword is not constantly polished, it will never show its luster. If you don’t practice, you will never be able to master universals and particulars. Plenty of people can talk about Zen, but not many can live it. Get to work!”

Deishu

Spring Session Updates

Spring Session Updates

We  are coming into a transition period! As the warm weather approaches and we prepare for our spring and summer programs I wanted to confirm the scheduled classes for this transition.

Zenfit’s ZenFlex Session

Held on Saturdays currently at the Blackstock Recreation Center 10:00 a.m start-up. Focuses on functional strength and form using various bodyweight exercises. We also add in some amazing fitness tools to enhance the experience.

Zenfit’s GPT Boot Camp

GPT is (Group Personal Training) Held on Mondays currently at the Cartwright Central public School 6:30 p.m. start-up. This is our full on Boot Camp experience using all the tools available to us. TRX, Lebert Equalizers, Sandbag, Battle rope, Bosu, Vipr, Kettle Bell, Agility Training tools and much more..!

Zenfit’s Power Fusion

Held on Thursdays at the Blackstock Recreation Center 7:00 p.m. start-up. This is our flow class fusing bodyweight and fitball resistance with yoga, PT and tactical fitness movements.

We also have a power walk social on Sundays meeting at the Blackstock Recreation Center or Long Sault Conservation area at 12:00 noon. We do a 5 or 10km walk adding in some lunges, squats, etc. as our inspiration guides us 🙂

Zenfit Yoga and Bootcamp Updates

*Updates*

Zenfit Yoga Fitness and GPT Bootcamp

Starting January 7th  through to March 31st we are adding a Saturday morning Yoga Fitness class @ 10.00am come out and share with us a sense of community, have fun challenge yourself and work toward your fitness goals.

Thursdays through to March 29th @ 7pm we will be running our Yoga Fitness class @ Blackstock Community Center. Each class will be a 1 1/2 hr. long dynamic fusion class combining traditional yoga, with strength and core training concepts. Increase flexibility, strengthen, lengthen and tone. Set your own personal intention and take that step toward health and wellness. Come join in the fun..! Just bring your yoga mat, a towel and water..!

Our GPT (Group personal training) Bootcamp runs Mondays through to March 26th. The indoor version of the Zenfit XTR Bootcamp is located @ the Cartwright Public School gym in Blackstock. Enjoy the full bootcamp experience, Challenge yourself and enjoy the results..! Water, towel and a yoga mat are recommended. Indoor shoes with non-marking soles are required.

The “Flex Package” use anytime any class with no expiry is 120.00 for 10 classes. The 1 month unlimited pass expires after 30 days, this works out to 12 classes for $90.00 Plus HST. In February we are offering a couples package for Valentines day $160.00 Plus HST per couple, 10 classes, but you have to come with your Valentine 🙂 . All passes cover any class, Bootcamp or Yoga Fitness. Walk ins are $15.00 plus HST

We accept cash, debit, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.

All are welcome so come out and join us..!
For Info Contact Bart Wagar (905)436-5734 or
email
bartwagar@zenfit.ca

www.zenfit.ca

Yoga and Bootcamp Update

 Yoga Fitness and XTR Bootcamp

Our yoga fitness program is starting Thursday November 10th @ 7pm through to February 23rd we will be running our Yogafit class @ Blackstock Community Center. Each class will be a 1 1/2 hr. long dynamic fusion class combining traditional yoga, with a stretch and strength theme adding core training concepts. Increase flexibility, strengthen and lengthen. Set your own personal intention and take that step toward health and wellness. Come join in the fun..! Just bring your yoga mat, a towel and water..!

Our cross train bootcamp fitness program starts Monday November 14th @ 6:30pm, through to February 27th the indoor version of the Zenfit XTR Bootcamp will begin located @ the Cartwright Public School gym in Blackstock. Enjoy the full bootcamp experience, Challenge yourself and enjoy the results..! Water and towel are recommended. Indoor shoes with non-marking soles are required.

10 session passes may be purchased for $120.00 at registration. Passes may be used for our Yogafit and Bootcamp classes..! Drop-ins are also welcome at a cost of $15.00 / class..! Hope to see you there!

Serving: Oshawa, Whitby, Bommanvile, Port Perry and Blackstock, Durham Region.

All are welcome so come out and join us..!
For Info Contact Bart Wagar (905)436-5734 or
email bartwagar@zenfit.ca

www.zenfit.ca